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Today’s sadly-ironic headline

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 5:10 pm - April 9, 2014.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Crony Capitalism Consequences

HP pays $108 million to settle foreign bribery probes:

WARSAW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hewlett-Packard agreed to pay $108 million to resolve wide-ranging U.S. government investigations into whether some of its foreign units bribed government officials to obtain lucrative contracts, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

HP’s Russia subsidiary pleaded guilty…Polish and Mexican units of the computing giant also resolved U.S. criminal charges related to contracts they had won in those countries…

Get it?

  1. Foreign companies (owned by HP) paid fees that foreign officials demanded of them. Everyone called these fees “bribes” in order to displace the guilt, that is, to hide the extortion aspect.
  2. U.S. officials were jealous so they, in turn, demanded and got $108 million from HP. Everyone called these fees “settling criminal charges under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act”, again in order to displace the guilt, that is, to hide the bottom-line extortion aspect.

Rob Lowe Is the Man

Posted by V the K at 1:59 pm - April 9, 2014.
Filed under: Freedom

Sing it, you crazy brat-packer.

“My thing is personal freedoms, freedoms for the individual to love whom they want, do with what they want. In fact, I want the government out of almost everything.”

Amen, Brother, Amen.

Pro-business or pro-market?

Jonah Goldberg makes a great distinction:

…the difference between being pro-business and pro-market is categorical. A politician who is a “friend of business” is exactly that, a guy who does favors for his friends. A politician who is pro-market is a referee who will refuse to help protect his friends (or anyone else) from competition unless the competitors have broken the rules. The friend of business supports industry-specific or even business-specific loans, grants, tariffs, or tax breaks. The pro-market referee opposes special treatment for anyone.

Goldberg’s point is that the GOP must make up its mind about which one it is. Pro-business is crony capitalism, venture socialism and Big Government as we know it today. Pro-market is more the Tea Party putting real checks on Washington. Goldberg describes the GOP’s dilemma in more detail; RTWT.

To make my view clear: I am not pro-business, I am absolutely pro-market. The mentality that the economy would boom (and America would be great again) if only we could vote in smart people to tinker with the economy in good ways – if only the Republicans had power to do better Washington-y things than the Democrats do – that mentality is part of what has gotten America into a hole.

The truth is, nothing that government does to rig interfere with markets and business outcomes is ever much good. It never turns out anything as well as the politicians said it would, and never as well as what markets – that is, free people – could do, if left to their own devices.

Smart car tipping

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 10:52 am - April 9, 2014.
Filed under: American Youth,Social Issues

Somebody went on a Smart car tipping spree in San Francisco, in the last couple of days:

Motive is unclear. Some are trying to make it into a social-conflict story, but this fun-looking example from 2011 looks to me like young guys doing it “because they can”.

UPDATE: Ed Driscoll cites it as an example of the Luddite Left. Sorry, Ed. I know that the Luddite Left is real, but let’s not over-interpret. Smart cars are surely too lame to have inspired any serious Luddism.

The Ghey Left Finds Yet Another Thing to Whine About

Posted by V the K at 10:21 am - April 9, 2014.
Filed under: Gay PC Silliness

Lesbian gets pulled over in San Francisco, blames homophobia.

There we sat in our car comforting each other after the officer drove away and we finally parked the car. We were both very upset. Unfairly targeted and forced to stay silent in the moment because of the balance of power, we could only replay what had just happened over and over.

Also, the reason that barrista put real milk in your caramel macchiato when you told her “Soy Milk” three times AND made her say it back to you just to be sure… homophobia.

Also, the reason your manager at the Fair Trade Locavore Matriarchal Food Co-Operative gave you the Saturday shift even though you told her you didn’t work weekends… homophobia.

Also, the reason your iPhone had spotty service and no 4G at the Womyn’s Leather Retreat… homophobia.

Yup, everything’s coming up homophobia.